Joshua Abrams - Represencing
Few other musicians show the investigative range present in Joshua Abrams' works. He is grounded in his knowledge of traditions and styles, his insatiable interest in elevating musicianship for musicianship's sake, and his practice playing the North African ceremonial instrument, the guimbri. Represencing is another statement of poetic, hypnotic grooves that take shape with the help of Chad Taylor, Jeff Parker, Nicole Mitchell and more. It may be pigeon-holed as Jazz on some sites or store bins, in the same way that a bicycle is Transportation yet so much more. This music aggregates a wide range of influences - from Popol Vuh and Don Cherry to Sandy Bull and Saharan psychedelia.